Christmas dinner, solstice event and more: Dec. 20-26
Friday, Dec. 20
Ice Skating: The Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink will be open for skating every day through Feb. 17, weather permitting. Skate rentals, snacks and hot drinks are available. Call 541-488-9189 or see ashland.or.us/icerink for schedule and admission information.
Medford Garden Club: The club meets at 1 p.m. the third Friday of each month, September through June, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Drive, Medford. Find Medford Oregon Garden Club on Facebook or call 541-773-6884.
Book Sale: Book sales are held from 1 to 4 p.m. the third Friday of each month at the Central Point library, 116 S. Third St. Look for new or gently-used books, DVDs and CDs. Costs are by donation. Call 541-664-3228 or see jcls.org.
Book Club: The Gold Hill Library Book Club meets at 3 p.m. the third Friday of each month at the Gold Hill library, 202 Dardanelles St. On Friday, Dec. 20, “Days Without End” by Sebastian Barry will be discussed. See jcls.org or call 541-855-1994.
Third Friday Art Walk: Galleries, restaurants and studios in downtown Medford unveil new exhibits, host art demonstrations and live music from 5 to 8 p.m. the third Friday of every month. For more information, find Medford’s Third Friday on Facebook.com. On Friday, Nov. 15, look for a seasonal exhibit of work by Jeanne LaRea-Lagano, and live music performed by Rod Petrone at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main St., Medford.
Slopes & Trails: Slopes & Trails will host a free meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at Jefferson Spirits, 404 E. Main St., Medford. The nonprofit organization provides social and recreational activities. See slopes.org.
Nightmare Chamber ‘Slay Ride’: Randall Theatre’s horror haunt will hold a terrifying holiday-themed experience. Enter the nightmare world of Krampus, the punisher. Krampus punishes those who have been naughty, while Santa rewards those who have been nice. You will walk through Krampus’ lair, witness his punishments and come face to face with the horned creature himself. The haunt runs from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 20-21, at Randall Theatre' space at 10 E. Third St., Medford. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door. The Nightmare Chamber is a high-scare haunted house. Not recommended for children 10 and under. See randalltheatre.com or call 541-632-3258
Saturday, Dec. 21
Project FeederWatch: Volunteers can help experts count birds that visit feeders at North Mountain Park at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Results will be submitted to Cornell University’s FeederWatch program. Admission is free. Call 541-488-6606.
Winter Solstice Dance: Nia instructor Rachael R. Resch will facilitate the annual “Here Comes The Sun: Nia Winter Solstice Celebration” with dance and movement from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at The DanceSpace, 280 E. Hersey St. No. 10, Ashland. Admission is $15, and no previous movement or dance experience is necessary. Call 541-301-3493 or see rachaelresch.com.
Low-cost Pet Vaccines: Bring your cat or dog to the Jackson County Animal Shelter, 5595 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, to get it vaccinated. Vaccinations available for dogs are rabies and distemper/parvo booster. Vaccinations available for cats are rabies and distemper/rhino/calici booster. Distemper/parvo vaccinations are $15 each; all other vaccinations are $10 each. Nail trims also are available for $5. This is a cash-only clinic, and all pets must be at least 8 weeks old and in good health. Pets that are on antibiotics, in heat or on cortisone products cannot be vaccinated. Call 541-774-6654.
Beekman House Christmas Tour: See how Christmas was celebrated in the late 1800s and learn about holiday tradition origins during guided tours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 29, at the historic Beekman House, 470 E. California St., Jacksonville. Admission is $5. Also look for “Mrs. Beekman’s Christmas Bazaar,”which has antiques, collectibles, old-fashioned toys, hand-crafts, holiday items, and more available for purchase. Proceeds from both the tours and the bazaar go toward maintenance of Jacksonville’s historic buildings, programs and events. Call 541-245-3650 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Historic Bank Tour: Step behind the counter of the oldest bank in the Pacific Northwest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 29, at the Beekman Bank Museum, 110 W. California St., Jacksonville. See the gold scales, look in the teller drawers and walk into the vault while costumed docents share stories about the bank’s founder, pioneer life, gold shipping, and 19th-century banking practices. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. Proceeds go toward maintenance of Jacksonville’s historic buildings, programs and events. Call 541-245-3650 or email at email@example.com.
Medford Matinee: Families and friends can gather to watch the 2019 live action film “Aladdin” at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Popcorn will be served. The film is rated PG. Call See www.jcls.org or call 541-774-8689.
Kiddie Crafts: Children can make a seasonal-themed craft using recycled paper tubes at noon the third Saturday of each month at the Rogue River Library, 412 E. Main St. See www.jcls.com or call 541-582-1714.
Teen Crafternoon: Make a snow globe, paint with “snow” and make a snowman craft from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Medford Library, 205 S. Central Ave. See www.jcls.com or call 541-774-8679.
Teen Gamer Day: Teens ages 10 through 18 are invited to play a variety of Nintendo Switch games from 1 to 3 p.m. the third Saturday of each month at the Eagle Point Library, 239 W. Main St. See www.jcls.com or call 541-826-3313.
Community Christmas Party: The Phoenix Clubhouse will be hosting its third annual community Christmas party from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at the clubhouse, 310 N. Main St., Phoenix. Listen to Christmas stories, sing carols, create cards, ornaments and other crafts and more. Refreshments will be available for purchase, and festive dress is encouraged. Admsission is free, donations of new or clean socks, gloves, mittens and hats and blankets will be appreciated. All donations will go to those in need. Call 541-292-8532 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Solstice Celebration: Celebrate the longest night of the year from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St. Ashland. Look for solstice storytelling, music and refreshments. Admission is free. See northwestnaturehop.com or call 541-482-3241.
Elding Frost — An Old World Yule Celebration: An old Norse-themed winter solstice celebration will be held from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland. The evening includes a three-course gourmet farm-to-table meal by Ashland Gourmet Catering, ancestral dance theater by Dremya Dance, live electronic music performed by HÄANA, Jason Cedar Miller, Michael Palzewicz, and DrumSpyder, and dance party. Tickets are $97 for dinner, theater and dance, $45 for theater and dance, or $25 for dance only. This event is open to ages 21 and over. Tickets are available online at liveatthearmory.com or at The Music Coop, 268 E Main St, Ashland. Call 541-488-7001.
Sunday, Dec. 22
Community Chant: Explore chants from various global traditions at 4 p.m. the second and fourth Sunday of every month at the Jacksonville Community Center, 160 E. Main St. No singing experience necessary. Admission by donation. Call 707-382-8641.
Monday, Dec. 23
Make It Art Monday: Adults can create a range of crafts from noon to 2 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.
Teen Gamer Time: Teens ages 11 through 18 are invited to play a variety of Wii and PlayStation 4 games from 3:30 to 5 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of every month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. See jcls.org or call 541-774-6980.
Tuesday, Dec. 24
Quilts and Genealogy: The Rogue Valley Genealogical Society presents Quilts & Genealogy at 1:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Jackson County Genealogy Library, 3405 S. Pacific Highway, Medford. Admission is free. Call 541-512-2340, email email@example.com or stop by the genealogy library for information.
Brain Books Discussion Group: The group meets from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6996 or see jcls.org.
Teen Movie Matinee: Teens can watch the “Teen’s Choice of the Best Holiday Movie” as voted on by Medford area teens at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. See www.jcls.org or call 541-774-8689.
Lego Robotics: Children ages 10 to 14 can build Lego models using Lego Mindstorms and program them to move and react at 3:30 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month at the Central Point library, 116 S. Third St. Pre-registration is required. See jcls.org or call 541-664-3228.
Sip & Origami: Kids can create a variety of themed origami from 4 to 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. A different beverage will be served at each event. Call 541-774-8679 or see jcls.org.
Wednesday, Dec. 25
*Note: All libraries are closed*
Christmas Dinner: All are welcome to attend Ashland Christian Fellowship’s 40th annual free holiday dinner from noon to 4 p.m. Christmas Day, Wednesday, Dec. 25, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland. A buffet-style turkey dinner with all the trimmings and dessert will be available to attendees, along with live music performances. For more information or to request meals deliveries within the Ashland/Talent area, call 541-482-8539 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, Dec. 26
Holiday Open House at Hanley Farm: Take a step back in time as costumed docents guide you through the Hanley home and bring history to life with holiday tales and stories about Southern Oregon Historical Society’s Hanley family and farm. The historic farmhouse will be decorated and open for tours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, at 1053 Hanley Road, Central Point. Admission is $5, $3 for SOHS members children 12 and younger. The last tour will be given at 2:50 p.m. For reservations see sohs.org/holiday. Call 541-890-0992 or email at email@example.com.